LCWM Holiday Hike Challenge

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LCWM Holiday Hike Challenge

November 21, 2022 - December 31, 2022

Find a bow, snap a photo, win prizes!

This holiday season, busy elves from the Land Conservancy of West Michigan have hung a big red bow on one tree at a number of our nature preserves. If you find them, you could have a chance to win some cool prizes!


How to Enter

Hike Explore a preserve and look for the tree with the bow between November 21 and December 31, 2022.

Snap Take a selfie next to the decorated tree.

Post Share the photograph to Instagram and tag @naturenearby*, or email the photo to Include the species name of the tree the bow is affixed to in the caption to be entered twice!
*Note: Your Instagram profile must be public for us to see and count your entries!


Rules & Guidelines

One photo submission per family per preserve

Photo should clearly show bow with tag indicating preserve name

Submissions will be accepted starting at 12:00 am on November 21 through 11:59 pm on December 31.


Where to Look

There are bows on trees at each of the following preserves. Happy hunting!

Kent County 

Bradford Dickinson White Nature Preserve 

Brower Lake Nature Preserve 

Lamberton Lake Fen Nature Preserve 

Saul Lake Bog Nature Preserve 

The Highlands 

Wege Foundation Natural Area 

Maas Family Nature Preserve

Ottawa County 

Kuker Van-Til Nature Preserve 

Minnie Skwarek Nature Preserve 

Palomita Nature Reserve

Allegan County 

Dune Pines Nature Preserve

Newaygo County 

Richmond Woods Nature Preserve

Upriver Nature Preserve

Muskegon County 

Anderson Woods Nature Preserve 

Flower Creek Dunes Nature Preserve

Oceana County 

Lake Breeze Nature Preserve 



Grand Prize: Framed Original Painting by Jerry Gates (valued at $2,600)

The first person to find and submit photos of all 16 bows wins the grand prize: A framed original painting by artist Jerry Gates, donated by the Conservation Resource Alliance.

Second Prize: Pollinator Garden from Designs By Nature

The first person to correctly identify the most trees will win a flat of 32 native plant plugs to create a pollinator garden, donated by Designs By Nature.


All photo submissions will be entered into a drawing for additional prizes. You do not need to visit all preserves to be eligible for the drawing!

You could win:

$50 Brewery Vivant gift card

$50 New Holland Brewing Company gift card

Print artwork and goods from local artists Field Sparrow Studio, Jewel of the Forest, Matthew Goetzka, Solstice Handmade, Trillium & Twig, & Querkus Creative

Blandford Nature Center Complimentary Family Membership

REI Bike Tune-Up

$25 generic gift card 

$25 Books & Mortar gift card

Two day passes to the Grand Rapids Public Museum

LCWM T-shirt


Thank you to our prize donors!

Jewel of the Forest
Designs By Nature Matthew Goetzka



November 21, 2022
December 31, 2022
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